Help Allie - Cville Attack Victim

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Raised by 1,110 people in 16 months
Created August 13, 2017
This is Wednesday Bowie, or "Allie", as we call her at home. She was severely injured while in Charlottesville when a young man chose to commit an act of terrorism. She and her friends were walking on the sidewalk when the vehicle crashed into the crowd and another vehicle. Allie, with no hesitation, ran to the car to try to start pulling injured people out of the road. She assumed this was a terrible accident, but as she reached the trunk of the car the driver immediately switched to reverse and hit her and a number of other people. She was taken to UVA hospital for treatment, and was rushed into surgery for a shattered pelvis and severe internal bleeding. Her less severe injuries include a broken orbital socket, and fractured vertebrae. According to her doctors she had the most severe injuries of the surviving victims of the attack. The surgeons outfitted her with internal screws and an external bar that Allie has likened to a "towel rack attached to her hips". She will have to wear this device for 6 to 12 weeks. On top of the 4 days already spent in ICU and the 2 days in the trauma/orthopedic unit, she is now in an acute inpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation center where she is expected be for a month. She will not be able to walk on her own for three to six months. She was supposed to begin a new job the Monday  following the crash that she was truly looking forward to. Regrettably, she will be out of work for months, and she will need funds to keep her family afloat during this difficult period of recovery. Anything helps! If you can't donate, please share widely! Thank you for reading.
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Getting better and stronger every day! Last week was BUSY! I want to do a bigger update/recap of all of that later, but I wanted to share this really quickly:

I got to pick my dogs up and bring them home once and for all today! I only got to spend a few hours with them since the crash, and I have missed them so terribly. They are both behaving themselves and being considerate (as much as they can) of the fact that I am very obviously wounded. No problems navigating around them on my crutches so far **fingers crossed** hopefully that will continue! Here's a picture of Max enjoying being held like a baby after far, far too long.
MAX
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4 days in the ICU. 6 total in the hospital. 6 days of rehabilitation. 1 shattered pelvis, 1 fractured orbital socket, I've never been clear on how many fractures to my sacrum and lower vertebrae there are, but it's for sure "multiple". I shocked all my doctors and nurses and physical therapists by being strong enough to be at home only 12 days after being run over by Alex James Fields. My physical pain is still bad, but it's well controlled by my medicine. Emotionally, despite a separate series of traumas at the hospital where I was taken after Alex James Fields ran me over, I am doing better than ever. You know that cliche where people will have a near death experience and it changes their whole outlook on life? I'm living that cliche. So many positive things have happened to me in the wake of this horrific tragedy. I am so much more grateful for my life and for every scrap of independence that I have. My relationship with my father, which has historically been contentious at best, is now completely renewed. I feel peace over and closure for emotional hurts that I had been holding onto for years. The way that I view myself has improved beyond belief. Cliche, but still such an unbelievable blessing. The support I have received has entirely blown me away. Family, friends and strangers have donated so generously to my GoFundMe so that I don't have to worry about how I'm going to afford the high cost of surviving a tragedy. I received 2 letters from a total stranger and their kids that have become my most prized possessions. (stay tuned, I will be posting pictures of the letter from the kids in the near future) I met a lot of amazing people at my rehab facility. My boss is supporting me however I need. Old friends that have lost touch are coming back into both mine and my husband's lives. I could go on forever, but this is already a pretty long update. The point is, that Alex James Fields wanted to end or at least ruin our lives. This experience has only reinforced my resolve to stand up and speak out and do everything in my power to fight for what I know is right. Alex James Fields has utterly failed in hurting me, apart from being a quite literal giant pain in my ass.
#defendcville #takedownthemonuments
Home!!!
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Amazing news! Allie has flourished at the rehabilitation center and is expected to be discharged at the end of this week! Incredible what can change in just a couple of days thanks to caring doctors that are actually interested in helping patients. Allie was prepared for a long-haul stay, and was just extremely grateful to get away from UVA Hospital, but with her updated prognosis she is ECSTATIC. She still has a long road ahead in physical therapy, but being able to be at home with her husband is an amazing morale booster for both of them.
Ready to roll on outta rehab
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Allie's husband has been designated as beneficiary of this account and she is fully aware of this. It is unknown when Allie will be released from the hospital and he will be responsible for paying the bills once they start arriving. Thank you again for all of your generous donations, kind words and support.
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